Huawei adopts Open Rack for cloud data centers

Huawei has revealed plans to adopt the Open Compute Project's (OCP) Open Rack standard for rack and power delivery architecture for its new public cloud data centers worldwide.

The Open Rack initiative seeks to redefine the data center rack to significantly reduce energy consumption, while driving operational efficiency by reducing the time it takes to install and maintain racks.

Huawei will be joining major hyperscale internet companies such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft in adopting the Open Rack standard, which is designed to integrate the rack into data center infrastructure.

This marks the first OCP standard adopted by Huawei since the Chinese vendor joined the project last year. The vendor is also contributing to a number of OCP projects including rack and power, system management and server projects, and has developed an OCP-based compute module.

“Huawei’s strategic investment and commitment to OCP is a win-win,” commented Kenneth Zhang, general manager of FusionServer within the Huawei Intelligent Computing Business Department.

“Combining Huawei’s extensive experience in Telco and Cloud deployments together with the knowledge of the vast OCP community will help Huawei to provide cutting edge, flexible and open solutions to its global customers. In turn, Huawei can leverage its market leadership and global datacenter infrastructure to help introduce OCP to new geographies and new market segments worldwide.”

First published in Computerworld Hong Kong

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